Chichester has been occupied since before Roman times, when it was believed to have been one of the bridgeheads of the Roman invasion of Britain. The city centre is built on the Roman town of Noviomagus, and it benefits from the cross-shaped design favoured by the Romans - North Street, South Street, East Street and West Street converge on the Chichester Cross, a medieval market cross.
Chichester is famous for the annual Chichester Festivities and the Chichester Real Ale and Jazz Festival .
To the North of the City is the South Downs National Park with its chalky escarpments, dominated by Goodwood Racecourse; to the South is the Manhood Peninsula, with 3 Harbours !!; sandy and shingly beaches and the Town of Selsey, and the Bracklesham / East and West Wittering villages, plus Birdham and Sidlesham. They all have their own characters, pubs, attractions and shops. Its a busy place especially in the Summer with caravan parks, holiday lets swelling the local population.
To the West is Emsworth and Havant on the Hampshire border, to the East is Bognor Regis.
The Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Chichester
Chichester Cathedral - built in 1075, it is the only medieval cathedral to have a separate bell tower, and the only cathedral in England visible from the sea. Free entry and guided tours. Try and coincide your visit with evensong. []
Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant (SE quadrant of city centre), . One of the best and most varied collections of art displayed in an attractive combination of Georgian house and 2000s annex.£7.50. edit
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Bognor Regis Traditional seaside resort, popular with families
Portsmouth the historic home of the Royal Navy, with 12 museums and 2 theatres is situated less than 20 miles from Chichester. Portsmouth has extensive opportunities for shopping and nightlife.
West Witterings the closest sandy beach to London but be warned there are LONG quesus in the Summer - 3H to get on and off the beach. Try some of the other ones locally. Parking cost £8 per car for the day (2015) Bus fare is £5.80 return as of 29 Jun 2014.
Chichester Harbour A large, non-commercial harbor with AONB status. Wildlife haven, loved by sailors and fishermen. West Wittering beach and Hayling Island is at the entrance, which goes out to The Solent. Many sailing Clubs around the Harbnour.